One of the most anticipated films on the Marvel Studios docket for the next few years has to be the one to first feature Carol Danvers herself, Captain Marvel.
In an interview with IGN following an early screening of Doctor Strange, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige shared his input on why having a female director at the helm of Captain Marvel is so important to the movie studio.
“I do think it will be not a requirement to make a great version of Captain Marvel, but it’s something we think is important,” Feige said. “With all of our movies, we want them to be different, we want them to find the new voices. I think the fun thing is we’re meeting so many great directors that we’ll bring one of them onto Captain Marvel, but we have future things to come [for the others].”
“It’s super important. One of the things that’s interesting is there’s been a lot of versions of Captain Marvel, there’s been a lot of stories of Captain Marvel, and we are now sharing all the source material with the writers who are working on it now, with the filmmakers who we’re meeting with and have been for months. Whether they know a lot about the comics or, more likely, the filmmakers we work with don’t have to be huge fans, they just have to fall in love with it once they are presented with it. It’s amazing to see all of the filmmakers read through it and know, ‘Oh, a female’s writing it now.’ When Kelly Sue DeConnick started on the books, they took on a new thing, and I think that’s why, and I think that’s important.”
With Brie Larson being confirmed as the film’s titular character at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con and a script already in the works by Guardian of the Galaxy’s Nicole Perlman and Inside Out’s Meg LeFauve, Feige did admit he wanted to have the director announce by now.
“We’re trying to get a little more of the story set before we bring a filmmaker on so we can talk about the story with the filmmaker before we bring them on.”
Feige went on to express interest in how he thought Captain Marvel will be the most powerful character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you haven’t followed along with her journey in the comics, Carol Danvers started out as an officer in the United States Air Force before an accident with an alien Kree device left her with super powers that include superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and durability as well as flight and energy projection/absorption. Danvers was introduced in 1968 and used the Ms. Marvel name until she assumed the Captain Marvel mantle in an on-going series in 2012 written by Kelly Sue DeConnick.
“What is one of the coolest things about it is she will be by far the most powerful character we’ve ever introduced in the movie. ‘How do you find those limitations? How do you find those vulnerabilities?’ is something that is sort of at the crux of the story that we’re putting together,” he said. “She has — as you know from the comics — an interesting story, and I think we have a very cool and unique way of telling that story. I don’t think it’s leaked yet exactly what we’re doing with her movie or how we’re doing it, but it will be cool. She will prove to be a very important character in our universe for all the movies.”
Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on March 8, 2019.